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Lawsuit filed in fatal backhoe, moped collision

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The estate of a man killed in a collision in Myrtle Beach last September has filed a lawsuit.

The estate of Timothy Taylor is listed as the plaintiff in the lawsuit filed last week against Michael Lee Whisenhunt, who was the operator of the backhoe, and Burroughs and Chapin Co., Inc., a real estate development company who employed Whisenhunt.

Taylor, 47, of Myrtle Beach, was driving a moped when he collided with a backhoe around 6:25 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Taylor was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he died a short time later.

Taylor was on his way to work at the Myrtle Beach Solid Waste Division when the crash occurred.

The wrongful death and survival action lawsuit seeks a jury trial and accuses the defendants of unlawfully operating a piece of heavy machinery in the roadway, as it wasn't properly illuminated but was also being operated outside of lawful hours.

The lawsuit claims negligence by both the operator of the backhoe and Burroughs and Chapin.

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